Android gaming console takes Kickstarter by storm

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An Android-based gaming console called Ouya has raised over US$1.25 million in the first day of its Kickstarter campaign, topping its goal of US$950K, right off the bat.

The Ouya console.
(Credit: Ouya)

"The console market is pushing developers away," the Ouya team wrote on its Kickstarter page. "We've seen a brain drain: some of the best, most creative game-makers are focused on mobile and social games, because those platforms are more developer-friendly. And the ones who remain focused on console games can't be as creative as they'd like."

To that end, the team has designed the Ouya console: part Android gaming platform to be hooked up to HD TVs, in a bid to return console gaming to its roots, part dev kit to put gaming development in the hands of the masses.

For developers, there is one condition: all Ouya titles must have at least some gameplay available for free.

The US$30 controller.
(Credit: Ouya)

"Ouya could change AAA game development, too," says the page. "Forget about licensing fees, retail fees and publishing fees."

Best of all, the console itself is only US$99 (plus US$30 for a controller).

"We are trying to leverage all that is great — free to play, openness, touch screen, bringing what is familiar to TV — and we want to wrap it up in this great bow — affordability and game-ability, for gamers and developers alike," Ouya founder and CEO Julie Urhman told CNET.

The Ouya's specifications are:

  • Tegra3 quad-core processor

  • 1GB RAM

  • 8GB of internal flash storage

  • HDMI connection, with support for up to 1080p HD

  • Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n

  • Bluetooth LE 4.0

  • USB 2.0 (one)

  • Wireless controller with standard controls (two analog sticks, d-pad, eight action buttons, a system button) and a touchpad

  • Android 4.0.

If you want to nab one of these consoles, head over to the Kickstarter page — they're going fast.

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MichaelG8 posted a comment   

This is an awesome idea. You basically get the hardware of the ASUS Transformer Prime, but in such a way that it can be used as a full on gaming console. As an Android developer I am very excited that I can now write games which native gamepad controls rather than having to use a virtual dpad.


Will1505 posted a comment   

I have to say, this is a brilliant idea. Cheaper than all the consoles out there and the games for it will be far cheaper too. Sure you might not get the depth of other consoles but most kids under 12 won't care. Great for families that might not have the dough for Xbox and PS

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